Research Scholarships


To provide undergraduates who have research potential with experience of research and to encourage them to take further postgraduate study.

For more information about Research Scholarships take a look our Research Scholarships & Expeditions website.

You can also view our Celebrating Student Research Scholarships and Expeditions 2014 Brochure (PDF:6.82 MB)


Applicants should be one of the following:

  • Undergraduates in the middle year (not first or last year and preferably penultimate year) of their first degree
  • Undergraduate medical or dental students between the end of their second year and the end of their penultimate year
  • Undergraduates studying for language degrees either at the end of their second year or third year (ie just before or after their year of overseas study).
  • Students awarded funding by the University Expeditions Committee will not be considered for Research Scholarship awards in any one year.

Application Form

The application from can be downloaded here: RS Application form 2015 (Word: 92.5KB)

The deadline for receipt of applications for 2015 is Friday 6th March 2015.

Method of adjudication

A panel consisting of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) and Faculty Undergraduate Deans will judge applications primarily on academic merit and potential for providing research training. Preference will be given to:

  • research projects that have a clearly defined objective that is achievable by the student in the time available. (Research Scholarships will not be awarded for work that will form a substantial part of the student's undergraduate degree work.)
  • projects that give scope for thought and initiative on the part of the student and do not use the student as a general assistant. It will be expected that the student will have contributed to the design of the project and the framing of this application
  • students demonstrating academic achievement and potential and also showing an interest in and motivation to undertake research.

Research support available

Research Scholarships are available for six to eight weeks' work and carry a grant of £180 per week. Schools or Research Institutes will be asked to provide modest grants for materials, etc, in support of the awards

Vacation Research Project Module NCL3110

Are you an undergraduate currently completing a summer Newcastle University based vacation research project either with non-University funding, or voluntarily? If so then you might be interested in the supernumerary (extra credit) module: Vacation Research Project (NCL3110). For information about the module please see: Student Factsheet 2014 (PDF:202KB)

If you are interested in the module and have not already received an email about it then please speak to your supervisor about taking the module and request DPD permission. The module study guide can be found here: NCL3110 MSG 2014 (PDF: 447KB)

Supervisor information can be found here: FAQs Supervisors NCL3110 (PDF: 424KB) or contact Dr Vanessa Armstrong (

The following form should be submitted once you have permission in place:

Your details will then be confirmed and you will be enrolled on the module.

Research Opportunities

For other potential research opportunities visit our Noticeboard.

Similar schemes

There are number of external organisations offering funding for similar schemes as well as individual charitable awards. For instance the Sir Peter Holmes Memorial Award is available to encourage individual purposeful travel in Asia by young people, organized by themselves and not part of a group organized by another organization. Applications for this Award should be sent to the Society by the 14th November 2014.

Where appropriate, students, or staff on their behalf, should apply to these schemes as well as this University scheme. If the student is awarded an outside scholarship in addition to a University award, the University may increase the value of the outside award's student maintenance to the equivalent of the University's award so that the student is not disadvantaged by accepting the outside award that can enhance his/her CV.

Maximising the University’s success in external competitions not only raises the University’s external profile but also enables many more of our students to experience work in a research situation by enabling the University’s resources to go further.